If you have a snow pusher, you may be thinking "It's April, I put it away!"
While you get to take a break from doing physical snow pushing, you can't forget about your snow pusher yet.
Snow pushers are complex machines that need to receive care all year long, like any vehicle.
You need to start prepping your snow pusher now. If you don't, you're going to be cold and unprepared with the first snow.
Never fear if you don't know what prepping a snow pusher means. We'll explore the best snow pusher tips for off-season maintenance.
Let's push on!
WINTER PREP TIPS
Your Snow Pusher is an expensive machine. The last thing you want is for it to break, right?
Let's look at the best snow pusher tips to make sure your snow pusher is ready for the first snow.
#1 Check your Manual
When it's time to get your snow blower ready for the upcoming season, the first thing you should do is find the manual.
This is not silly. In the manual, you will find the information you have forgotten during the offseason.
Your manual should provide a series of steps to follow for the beginning of the season.
It will remind you of things like the type of oil you should be using, the ideal tire pressures, and what to double check before use.
#2 Store Your Snow Pusher Inside
This tip is non-negotiable come winter, but it's relevant in the summer too.
In the winter, sub-zero temperatures drain batteries twice as fast. You don't need to worry about freezing temperatures in the summer. It's never a bad idea to protect your investments from the elements, hot or cold.
This tip is especially relevant if you live somewhere with high heat or lots of rain.
You want your snow pusher ready and in tip top condition when winter comes.
#3 Use the Best Oil
Using the right type of oil for your snow pusher is essential for its internal workings.
If you use the wrong type of oil, things can get clogged and blocked. This can make your machine run slower or even cause problems a mechanic must fix.
Check your owners manual or call your provider company to see what type of oil you need.
You should also have extra oil on hand at all times during the season. Now would be a great time to stock up. Well-greased snow pushers are the best snow pushers!
#4 Check Tire Pressure
Like any vehicle, the lower the tire pressure is, the less efficiently it will run. Low tire pressure can waste gas and decrease the power of your snow pusher.
Check your manual for the ideal tire pressures (or look on the tires).
You should check this all winter long, but at the end and beginning of the season as well. This will ensure that you're always ready to go.
#5 Have the Battery Serviced or Changed
Imagine it's 4 am and it's the first snow, you haul your snow pusher to where you need to be and, it won't start. Now you're freezing and no one is awake to jump you.
Not ideal right? You can avoid this by testing the battery levels before the season starts (and during).
Make sure you clean any corrosive elements off the top of the battery and replace it if it needs replacing. A snow pusher that won't start can't push any snow.
#6 Flip or Replace your Rubber Edge
Nothing makes people cringe more than the sound of metal scraping on something rough. It doesn't only sound bad, it's bad for the bucket of your snow pusher as well.
You can make sure this doesn't happen by checking the rubber blade at the end of the season. Look in your manual for suggestions on how long a blade should last.
If the rubber edge has chunks taken out of it or is not flush to the ground, it's time for a new one. You can find rubber edge replacements here for our products.
If you have another brand of snow pusher, find that companies website.
Make sure you check the manual or ask your supplying company to teach you how to fasten the new rubber securely.
#7 Train your Operators
You made an investment when you purchased your snow pusher. You want to make sure it stays in top working condition.
That means the people who are driving it need up to date training on how to run it. Check their experience before hiring them, specific to snow removal.
Before they go out on a job, have them read the owners manual. Ask them to check fluids and tire pressures and record them. This way, if there's an issue you (or they) can catch it fast.
Take care to only hire trained professions when letting them use your best snow pusher.
Give any accessories you have for you snow pusher the maintenance they need as well. If you notice that any need replacement, you can buy them for our products here or on your manufacturer's website.
If you think something is on its way out, stay on the safe side and replace it. That goes for all parts of your snow pusher, not just its accessories.
It can never hurt to be extra prepared in those dark winter mornings!
The Best Snow Pushers: Final Thoughts
While we're biased to our own, the best snow pushers are the ones well taken care of.
Follow these tips and your owner's manual strictly and you'll be in for a successful and profitable winter.
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